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Ukrainian deputy health minister charged with bribery bailed for UAH 2 mln

Ukrainian deputy health minister charged with bribery bailed for UAH 2 mlnUkrainian Deputy Health Minister and Health Ministry office head Roman Vasylyshyn, who was recently suspended after being presumably arrested red-handed while accepting a bribe, has been freed on a bail of UAH 2 million, Kyiv prosecutor's office press secretary Nadia Maksymets said.

Vasylyshyn "walked out of the detention facility at 5:30 p.m.," Maksymets told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

Ukrainian Security Service and Prosecutor General's Office operatives detained Vasylyshyn on July 8.

Security Service chief Vasyl Hrytsak said in commenting on the detention that Vasylyshyn had arranged a scheme in which a number of doctors at the Oleksandrivska Hospital in Kyiv had to illegally collect money from patients for operations. Law enforcement services also detained a mediator.

"We confiscated a total of more than $50,000, UAH 320,000, and other evidence proving these individuals' criminal activities during the detention and search," Hrytsak said, adding that Vasylyshyn had been detained red-handed while accepting the fifth bribe.

Kyiv's Dniprovsky district court had ordered late on July 8 to arrest Vasylyshyn at least for 60 days. The court allowed for freeing the official on a bail of UAH 2 million, saying that, if bail is deposited for him, he would have to wear an electronic tag.

Vasylyshyn himself had said he disagreed with the judge's ruling and would appeal it.

Vasylyshyn's daughter deposited UAH 2 million for him on July 11.

Vasylyshyn was appointed deputy health minister and head of the Health Ministry's office in November 2015. Before this, he had worked as the chief physician at Kyiv's Central Municipal Clinical Hospital, also known as Oleksandrivska Hospital.
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